Dog owners are being encouraged to team up with vets in a new tick research project.
The nationwide Big Tick Project is being run by the University of Bristol in conjunction with veterinary practices across the country, including Alnorthumbria.
People are invited to take their pets for a tick check, which will include advice about prevention controls and treatment.
Any ticks found on dogs will be collected and sent to Bristol University to help research tick-borne infections, such as Lyme Disease, which can cause long-term health problems for people, as well as dogs.
The project will also enable vets to help assess the level of risk in particular areas compared to the national average.
Ticks are hard to spot when small, but can transmit infections as they feed off the blood of their host.
Control treatments include spot-ons, sprays, collars and oral chewable formulations.
To take part in the project visit Alnorthumbria Vets in Amble or Rothbury or see www.bigtickproject.co.uk